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Thursday, September 22, 2016

When We See The Larger Life, We Become Blind To Little Grievances

Act 9:8  And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

Putting the matter in another light, suppose we think of the little frets of life, of the little pinpricks and unkindness which most people experience as they journey.

There are folk who brood upon such things as these, until they practically see nothing else. 

They tend and water all their little grievances till their blossoms would take prizes at a show. 

And what I have noticed of such folk is this, that when through the mercy of God their eyes are opened, of all these little pinpricks they see nothing Their eyes have been opened to what real suffering is.

They were only playing before at being miserable. Their eyes have been opened to that larger life which is always given us in Christ.

And the beautiful thing about that life is this, that worries which were overwhelming yesterday, somehow have vanished so that we cannot see them in the love commended on the cross.

Every rock and ridge is clear and glistening in the Highland burn when it is low.

But when the summer rain falls or the winter snow, then they become invisible.

And I have found it so in many a man's life when a new tide of being has possessed him; things that were sharp and hard and hurt him yesterday, somehow have become invisible today.

Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us--they felt the sting of it and thought that He was undutiful.

But when their eyes were opened they saw nothing; that ingratitude had vanished.

So when we see, many a thing vanishes; many a thing which hurt and fretted us, and met us everywhere, and barred the sunshine out, and silences all the music in the dwelling.

~George H. Morrison~

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